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Title: B M Smyth, Co Tyrone to J. A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/58
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.0410154
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count492
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
South Woodslee Box 4
Essex County

JY 06

Ans Aug 10 1894

Back of envelope

JY [26?]

AU 4

AU 6

July 26th 1894

Dear Brother
In answer
to your letter which we
received yesterday we are glad
to know that you are in good
health you want to know
all about the 12th July but
I think I told you all about
it last week only I did not
name all the band but I
will give you their names this
time (first row) James McKelvey
David Houston James McKnight
Andy McClelland Jamey Gordon
Willie Gilkison Bob McKernan
our Tommy Jamey Hay Andy J
Campbell James Gilkison
John Gordon John Houston
but he beat one of the small
Drums Bob Campbell beat
the symbols I think I told
you the rest of the drummers in
my last letter Willie Barker
was not in the band he got a
broken wrist about two months
ago by the tramp of a horse and
it was not right better but he
came with them in the evening
there is a good deal wanting
since you left, Andy Ballantine
has left the band altogether
he has turned to be a dipper so
old Robert McFarland would not
allow him to be with a band at all
Sandy Houston never appears
either nor Bob McKelvey did not
come this time I suppose I may
tell you the names of the orangemen
but it wont [won t?] be ill to do for they
are nearly all in the band
old James M Knight [McKnight?] Archy
McKelvey Glencappagh
Alex McKelvey Glengaw Alex Mc Kelvey
Glenrone James Campbell
Tommy McFarland Daniel Henry
William Smyth Tommy Houston
and John Gilkison I think this
is all the Orangemen that was
present that is not in the band
we will send you a paper and
you will see something about
Strabane and other places and
you will see a member of this
lodge marriage (sic) in it Robert
Fleming but he is a bad attender (sic)
I will make this do on this
subject I think we are for having
some good weather now, today
looks well we have finished
the thinning of the turnips
yesterday and they are commencing
to mow the meadow today
so you may say they have
a busy time of it for they would
not take time to write as much as
a letter We have sold all our
wool this year it drew us £3 12s
we got [4 3/4d?] per pound in Strabane
so there are (sic) always something
to be made of the sheep I don t [don t?]
know whether we ever told you
about Alex Duncan and Joe
Elkin joining the Temperance
society but they did not keep
temperate long Alex is drinking
as brisk as ever nearly ever [every?]
time that he is out he takes too
much so that is the kind
of the Temperance here, take the
pledge and break it when you
No more at present
hoping we shall see you before this
time next year

Your Sister

Bella M Smyth